Posted by: hightideholidays | January 16, 2012

Balancing your Life: Goal Setting this New Year

People often complain about their stressful lifestyles. Most of the time though, this stress is caused by poor time management skills and misplaced priorities. Every year, people all over the world try to set goals and make lists so they can improve their lives and attain their aspirations. Below are tips on how you can make life easier to manage—and more importantly, how to enjoy it.

Be realistic. Don’t set the bar too high. Choose goals that are attainable within the year. If possible, make your deadlines for these plans specific as well. If you want to lose weight, instead of simply stating “going to the gym”, incorporate your fitness plans into your daily routines. Jog, walk to work at least twice a week, use the stairs instead of the elevator, and set days where you don’t eat meat or junk food. If you’re a frequent traveller, choose the destinations of your travels wisely. Peg it well so you won’t just sit around and eat too much the whole time you’re out of the country. Include “adventures” in line with your fitness goal.

Balance. You should have a good balance between work and play. Make sure you are not just working all the time so you can save up for a trip which you may never get to take, anyway, because you’re too busy. Neither should you spend too much money, time, and energy partying that you’re unable to save up for your home or your travel plans. See travel not just as “leisure”, but rather turn it into something more than that. It can be a reward, or even a spiritual retreat for you to get away from it all and assess your life from an observer’s point of view.

Spend quality time with the family. You are not a robot. You are a human being and you have emotional needs. Don’t compromise your time with the family for monetary gains. Learn to live your life to the fullest and spend time with your family. Again, travelling with your family is a very good way to renew the bond. Save up for this and look forward to this time and you’ll see your life making more sense bit by bit.



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